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Lost in transition: Monster job ahead for Gibson's replacement

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When sporting organisations talk about "coaching transition" and "succession planning" they are not invoking memories of NSW Rugby in 2019.

While Daryl Gibson's resignation this week was motivated by the professionalism and integrity that was a hallmark of his time as Waratahs head coach, he leaves an organisation lost in transition.

Flying the coop: Daryl Gibson’s shock resignation has left the Waratahs in a pickle.Credit:Brook Mitchell

No matter how it was dressed up as a wonderful opportunity for Gibson's replacement, a natural development based on the evolution of the playing roster, or a calm and orderly process, this is not an ideal scenario for the executive and board of NSW Rugby.

The idea was, they had until the end of this year to organise a replacement for when Gibson finished up in a year's time.

The idea was, Simon Cron would take over, barring the event an outstanding rival candidate showed interest and Cron went off the boil.

That would give Tim Rapp, the Waratahs' general manager of rugby, something streamlined and saleable to work with in a World Cup year........

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